New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
DMAVA Highlights Archives

23 May 2003

Volume 2, Number 6

NJ Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

BG Glenn K. Rieth

The Adjutant General

COL Maria F. Morgan

Deputy Adjutant General

COL Emil H. Philibosian

Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs

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Mother's Day

Sunday, 11 May 03

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us; when troubles thicken around us; still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."


.Washington Irving, American writer

Nurses Appreciation Day

6 May 2003


DMVA Salutes its Nurses and Assistants for their professionalism and their dedication to the veterans of the state of New Jersey.


"Joy is a tiny hand wrapped around an index finger."


.Maya Angelou, American poet and author


National Guard Day marked by Governor's Proclamation and the passage of legislation to benefit the Guard and Reserve.

In addition to the signing of a proclamation by Governor James E. McGreevey recognizing National Guard Week and National Guard Day, Thursday, 15 May 2003, National Guard Day was marked by the passage of the following Assembly bills:

Bill No.





Directs The Adjutant General to develop and report plan to provide home-based and outpatient health care to NJ veterans.



Extends military leave benefits for members of the Reserve and National Guard called to federal active duty for extended periods of time.



Extends eligibility for State veterans' benefits to veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.



Establishes a minimum per diem base pay of $100 for members of the National Guard called to State active duty.



Excludes housing and subsistence allowances of National Guard members on State active duty from gross income under the gross income tax.



Provides State-paid health care benefits through SHBP for certain National Guard members called to State active duty for 30 days or more.


Van Drew/Greenstein

Establishes right of person engaged in military service for more than 90 days to cancel vehicle lease without penalty.



Provides for re-enrollment right or refund of fees for student who is called to active duty for certain military operations.


Guear/Van Drew

Establishes a program to provide college scholarships to the spouse and children of those killed or disabled in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, or in Operation Iraqi Freedom.



Prohibits collection of tuition and fees from a dependent student of military personnel killed, missing, or permanently disabled in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, or in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

The annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the BG Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ, will be held on Saturday, 24 May 2003. Color Guard units representing various veterans' organizations will lead a march at 10:30 a.m. The Memorial Service will begin at 11 a.m.

National Moment of Silence to be observed on Memorial Day.

In honor of Americans who died in service to the nation, the White House Commission is encouraging US citizens to participate in a 60-second moment of silence at 3 p.m. local time on Monday, 26 May 2003, the national observance of Memorial Day. Congress established the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance on December 28, 2000. The Commission's mission is to promote the values of Memorial Day by acts of remembrance throughout the year; institutionalize the National Moment of Remembrance; enhance the understanding of Memorial Day; and to educate the younger generation in American History.

The beach at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ will open for the season this weekend.

The beach at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, New Jersey, will open this Saturday, 24 May 2003. Lifeguards will be on duty weekends and holidays. Beach passes will be issued to individuals who possess a Military or DMVA ID card.

Vietnam, Distinguished, and Meritorious Service Medal Presentation Ceremonies are scheduled.

26 May

11 a.m.

Distinguished Service Medal

Township Hall - 66 Main Street

West Orange, NJ

29 May

11 a.m.

Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medals

Midtown Community School

23rd St. & Avenue A, Bayonne, NJ

5 June

11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medals

Atlantic Cape Community College

5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ

10 June

11 a.m.

Vietnam Service Medal

Lawrenceville Armory

Eggert Crossing Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ

25 June

11 a.m.

Vietnam Service Medal

Cherry Hill Armory

Grove St. & Park Blvd, Cherry Hill, NJ

Lt Col Alphonse Stephenson will serve as NJ Air National Guard's Officer/Professional Coordinator.

NJ Air National Guard Chaplain, Lt Col Alphonse Stephenson will be the point of contact for professional candidates seeking a commissioning opportunity in the NJ Air National Guard. Lt Col Stephenson will be working with the Wing staffs across the spectrum of professional recruiting and accession actions.

Veterans honored at recent Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service Medal ceremonies.

On 15 May 2003, BG William Marshall awarded 401 veterans the Distinguished Service or Meritorious Service Medal at two ceremonies held at the National Guard Armory in Teaneck, New Jersey. CPT Allen Mellen and the 50th Maintenance Support Battalion hosted the ceremony. On 21 May 2003, BG Thomas Sullivan awarded the Distinguished Service or Meritorious Service Medal to 149 veterans at a ceremony held at the National Guard Armory in Port Murray, New Jersey. CPT William Morris and the 1st Battalion, 102nd Armor were hosts to the veterans and their families. Honored guests at this ceremony included NJ Senator Leonard Lance, NJ Assemblywomen Alison Littell McHose and Connie Meyers, as well as Kristi-Victoria Petrides, who represented NJ Assemblyman Guy Gregg. CW5 (Ret) Bob Wimberly served as Master of Ceremonies for these presentations.

NJ National Guard ChalleNGe Youth Program has an opening for a Social Studies teacher.

The NJ ChalleNGe Youth Program currently has an employment opportunity for a traditional Guardsman. ChalleNGe is looking for a new Social Studies teacher. The hourly salary would be $11.40, and would rise to $18.96 for an individual with a Teaching Certificate. If you are interested or need additional information, you can contact ChalleNGe at:

Deadline for George W. Bush Employer Award Extended.

The deadline for nominations for the George W. Bush Award for Outstanding Employer Support of the Air National Guard has been extended from June 1 to July 1. Nominations are due to HQs NJANG not later than 15 June 2003. Additional information regarding this award can be found in the NEWBREAKS section of the May issue of National Guard magazine or at the NGAUS website:

The New Jersey Monument for Women Veterans will be dedicated on 6 June 2003.

The NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans will dedicate their Minutewoman Monument at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Friday, 6 June 2003, at 1 p.m. This monument will honor all women veterans from the state of New Jersey who served, are serving, and will serve in the military. Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, USAF (Retired), President of the Board of Directors of the Women in Military Service for America Foundation, will serve as our keynote speaker. Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served.

Congratulations to the 254th RTI.

Congratulations to the 254th RTI, commanded by COL Watson, for successfully completing a TRADOC Accreditation Inspection on 7-9 March 2003. The U.S. Army Armor School from Ft. Knox, Kentucky conducted the inspection. The 254th RTI demonstrated it is fully capable of meeting the TRADOC schoolhouse standards in conducting training for our most valuable asset, our soldiers. COL Watson and his staff are to be commended on a job well done.

Air Force Safety Center issues safety tips for the "101 Critical Days."

Officials from the Air Force Safety Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, announced that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is a period of increased off-duty injuries caused by increased activity and risk taking. Safety awareness and risk management is critical during this time period because people take advantage of the summer weather for sports and recreational activities, as well as hitting the road for vacations. Memorial Day weekend ranks as one of the deadliest holidays for alcohol-impaired driving. Driving while impaired, speeding, and fatigue are the leading contributing factors in fatal motor vehicle mishaps. Safety Officials caution us to consider the following factors when planning summer travel: wear seatbelts; remain alert and plan rest breaks at frequent intervals; don't speed - it's better to arrive late than no arrive at all; don't drink alcohol and drive; and anticipate the unexpected and be ready to react. Designating a non-drinking driver this Memorial Day weekend is one way to help ensure that the holiday is safe for your friends and loved ones.

Armory Happenings - Check to see what's happening at an Armory near you.

24 May

Martial Arts Tournament

Toms River Armory

28 May

Snap-On Tool Show

Bordentown Armory

31 May- 1 June

Table Tennis Tournament

Westfield Armory

20 - 22 June

Sports Card and Memorabilia Show

Woodbridge Armory

28 June

Bead Show

Cherry Hill Armory

28 - 29 June

Basketball Tournament

Jersey City Armory

U.S. Air Force "Your Guardians of Freedom" Program News.

"With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed." President Abraham Lincoln's words are as true today as they were in his own time, and as America's airmen - active, Guard, and Reserve - face the great challenges of the war on terrorism, our success will depend on the support of the American people. As families, employers, and communities across the nation share the burdens of our service, commanders at every level must cultivate the relationships that form the foundation of public support for our airmen. Your Guardians of Freedom is a web-based program designed to help commanders and their staffs reach out to key audiences on their bases, in their communities, and beyond to tell the story of the American airmen tireless fighting the global war on terrorism. While this program centers on grassroots, base-level communication, elements like the Parent and Employer Pins facilitate public outreach from the very top of the Air Force chain of command. Details of the program are available at the website

DMVA Picnic - 27 June 2003

This year's DMVA Picnic will be held on Friday, 27 June 2003, at the John F. Mann Recreational Park, Building 6045, Fort Dix, NJ. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Reservations must be made by 20 June 2003. Contact your office rep or Marie Durling at 609-530-4802.

"Operation Tribute to Freedom" Launched.

The Department of Defense will observe Memorial Day 2003 at bases and deployed locations worldwide marking the start of "Operation Tribute to Freedom," which will be a sustained and widespread program of activities in appreciation for our men and women in uniform and the families that support them. "Our men and women in uniform are performing brilliantly and have sacrificed much in the global war against terrorism. They have earned the thanks of all Americans," said Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield. "In the coming days, weeks, and months, Americans across the country will have the opportunity to participate in nationwide and local efforts to thank returning servicemembers for defending freedom around the world," said Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Victoria Clarke. Operation Tribute to Freedom information will be available starting Friday, 23 May, at

Summer Ozone Season begins in New Jersey.

The summer Ozone Action season began on May 20, 2003. This year, in addition to Ozone Action (red) days, Ozone Health Watch (orange) days will be issued. On these days sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, and those with lung diseases, may experience adverse health effects, and are advised to take precautions, such as limiting their time outdoors. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has posted additional information on their website, Click on the red Ozone Action logo for real-time air quality information and forecasts for anywhere in New Jersey.

NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Education Center Announces its Calendar of Events for the Summer.

26 May

11 a.m.

Memorial Day Ceremony

14 Jun

1 p.m.

Unknown Soldier (author lecture/film presentation)

This film, written and directed by John Hulme, follows a son in his search to get to know the father he never met, a father killed in action in the Vietnam War.

27 Jul

9 a.m.

5th Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

Rain Date: Sunday, 10 August 2003

8 Sep

9 a.m.

Golf Outing Olde York Country Club

19 Sep

11 a.m.

POW/MIA GSM Recognition Day Ceremony

21 Sep

11 a.m.

Rolling Thunder POW/MIA Awareness Motorcycle Run

For more information about any of these events, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.

Getting to Know New Jersey - The State Fish.

The brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis, is the state's official fish, having been so declared by Chapter 342 of the Laws of 1991. The Legislature passed Assembly Bill 2608 and Governor James J. Florio signed it January 8, 1992, at Hopatcong Middle School, Hopatcong.

Fun Puns - Military

          When William joined the Army, he disliked the phrase "fire at will."

          Army doctors are involved in big, military operations.

          An Army officer is a position that some people shoot for.

          The military head is seeking more arms.

          When do King Arthur's men practice? Joust at night.

Interesting, but Useless Facts -

J            The average human eats 8 spiders in his/her lifetime while sleeping.

J            There are 1 million ants for every person in the world.

J            Termites eat through wood two times faster when listening to rock music.

J            If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white.

J            Elephants sleep only two hours a day



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